Gadamer's Path to Plato

A Response to Heidegger and a Rejoinder by Stanley Rosen

By Andrew Fuyarchuk

Foreword by David Allen Ross

Gadamer's Path to Plato

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Gadamer's Path to Plato

A Response to Heidegger and a Rejoinder by Stanley Rosen

By Andrew Fuyarchuk

Foreword by David Allen Ross

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  • Pages: 222
  • Publication Date: 3/1/2010
  • Retail Price: $26.00
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About-

Gadamer's Path to Plato investigates the formative years of Hans-Georg Gadamer's Plato studies, while studying with Martin Heidegger at Marburg University. It outlines the evolution of Heidegger's understanding of Plato, explains why his hermeneutics and phenomenological method inspired Gadamer, and why Heidegger's argument, that Plato was responsible for Western civilization's forgetting the meaning of existence, provoked him.

Heidegger's provocation was crucial to the development of Gadamer's understanding of Plato. This book thus puts forward an argument for Gadamer's having indirectly refuted Heidegger's Plato. This involves a dialogical relationship to the past and a re-examination of the relation of Plato to Aristotle in matters of ethics, physics, and truth. Above all, however, it is Gadamer's concept of Platonic dialectic that refutes Heidegger.

This challenge to Heidegger's Plato was commensurate with the origination of Gadamer's positive hermeneutical philosophy. In order to test the alleged openness of that philosophy to the other as other Gadamer's reading of the Republic is scrutinized by using the brilliant scholarship of Stanley Rosen. An examination of their interpretations of the Republic includes an inquiry into their intellectual influences. For Gadamer these include Hegel, the Tubingen school and Jacob Klein; for Rosen, the poetic genius of Leo Strauss. Rosen's mathematical and poetic orientation is then compared to Gadamer's dialectical orientation to Plato.

The mathematical approach dovetails with a theory of human nature and procedural rationalism in Gadamer's hermeneutical philosophy that explains why he, in contrast to Rosen, bypasses important dimensions of the Republic such as the significance of particular characters and settings to understanding the whole. In turn, this methodological shortcoming calls into question the truth of Gadamer's method and, with it, the foundations of a truly open and pluralist society.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"In Gadamer's Path to Plato Fuyarchuk argues for the integration of the epistemological and erotic. In this movement of Erotic-knowing the inquiry rises from apprehension to comprehension. Gadamer's one-sided approach stays within the orbit of apprehension, which deprives that form of inquiry from entering the real of poesy. By contrast, Rosen with his more full-bodied approach, does justice to the poetic impulse which sustains the project of knowing.
--David A. Ross
author of The Flesh of Being: On Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra

"Gadamer's Path to Plato argues that despite being more attentive to Plato's hermeneutical situation than Heidegger, Gadamer's Hegelian interpretation of what 'dialectic' means for Plato insufficiently attends to the 'phenomenological-existential' character of the dialogues. Consequently, as Fuyarchuk elucidates, Gadamer does not ultimately recognize, as does Rosen, the extent to which philosophy for Plato is an erotic desire to create through a beautiful medium."
--Philip A. Rose
author of Which One's Pink? The Concept Albums of Roger Waters and Pink Floyd

Contributors-

Andrew Fuyarchuk
David Allen Ross

Bio(s)-

Andrew Fuyarchuk is an instructor of philosophy at Sheridan College and a PhD candidate at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto. He has published on Nietzsche's Zarathustra, Wagner's Tristan and Isolde, and Religion and Liberal Democracy in the Journal for the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars (Canadian chapter).

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